Puerto Banús is widely known as the most ‘jet set’ place on the Costa del Sol, a reputation it has been building over the past several decades. It is an accolade that is not misplaced: the ‘Port’, as many overseas residents call it, is filled to the brim with multimillionaire’s yachts, and its frontline shops are home to the world’s most exclusive brands, from Fendi and Armani to Prada and Jimmy Choo.
Marbella’s Casco Antiguo, or Old Town, is one of the town’s most famous destinations. It is beloved by many for its authenticity and charm, its winding, cobbled lanes and its architecture. As a place to live it is unequalled, thanks to its position in relation to a wealth of amenities such as hospitals and schools, as well as restaurants and boutiques. Furthermore, it is only a few minutes walk from the Old Town to Marbella’s bustling seaside paseo walkway and the beach.
For most people, the Costa del Sol is all about sun-kissed shores and Mediterranean breezes. Marbella’s beach lifestyle, which prominently features up-market beach clubs, elegant chiringuito bars and millionaires’ marinas, has long attracted an international jet set looking for exclusivity, glitz and glamour. Then there’s the smell of fresh, salty air; glorious sunrises, sunsets and, of course, time to find inspiration as you gaze at the horizon, toes digging into the sand.
When talking about the property market in Spain it is important to realise that this is a large country with rather distinct sub-markets. For ease of reference these can broadly be classified into 1) the main urban centres, 2) the towns and rural regions, and 3) the ‘Costas’, as the coastal tourist areas have been known since the 1960s.
Given Marbella’s enduring up-market appeal, it is small wonder that many of its most popular neighbourhoods start with the word ‘Golden’.